SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - It is crunch time for those shopping for their sweethearts. It’s Valentines Eve and some are still shaking their head and wondering what to get that special someone. So what do women want this holiday?
A new study from the Consumer Electronics Association says it's a nice I-Pad or E-Reader but the women we talked to at The Gateway said “no thanks” to that idea.
Paul Archuleta says he knows what his girlfriend wants for Valentines Day. "I think she wants me." According to his sweetheart, he's right, although she was too shy to say so in public.
Emily Walker says diamonds may be a girls’ best friend. “Who wouldn’t want a Safire or other jewelry?" But, she says jewelry is overrated and simple gifts are nice. She would rather have chocolates, flowers, and poetry.
Debbie Edelstein agrees jewels are lovely, but also not what she’s hoping for. "I already have some nice jewelry that's sort of easy to do. I think planning is harder."
Debbie has been married to her husband Phil for 26 years. She says what she wants more than gifts is a little sentimental thought. "For me it's more about time. I would rather have time, so if he planned a romantic get-away or something like that, that would be my kind of gift.”
But does Phil know that? We ran into him later and asked him what Debbie would like for Valentines Day. "Just a romantic dinner and lots of kisses and hugs.” That answer earned him a kiss from Debbie.
A recent survey shows 14 percent of women would appreciate a special dinner plan, but that’s not the most popular gift idea. Laurie Puhn Communications, conducted the online poll, and it shows what women would really love is a day off. 72 percent say they want a day without housework or childcare, not diamonds, chocolates, or a dinner date. Only 9 percent wanted any kind of gift.
The women we polled today say what’s really important is the thoughtfulness of the gift. As it turns out, on Valentines Day, it really is the thought that counts.